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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Nothing was known to disconcert him, certainly not the death of a man he had disliked.
▪ She was not as disconcerted as she had expected to be.
▪ Sometimes, she thought she disconcerted Hawk with her love, but he kept apace with her.
▪ This new benignity and tolerance a little disconcerted him.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Disconcert \Dis`con*cert"\, n. Want of concert; disagreement.
--Sir W. Temple.


Disconcert \Dis`con*cert"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disconcerted; p. pr. & vb. n. Disconcerting.] [Pref. dis- + concert: cf. OF. desconcerter, F. d['e]concerter.]

  1. To break up the harmonious progress of; to throw into disorder or confusion; as, the emperor disconcerted the plans of his enemy.

  2. To confuse the faculties of; to disturb the composure of; to discompose; to abash.

    The embrace disconcerted the daughter-in-law somewhat, as the caresses of old gentlemen unshorn and perfumed with tobacco might well do.

    Syn: To discompose; derange; ruffle; confuse; disturb; defeat; frustrate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1680s, from Middle French disconcerter (Modern French déconcerter) "confused," from dis- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + concerter (see concert). Related: Disconcerted; disconcerting; disconcertingly.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To upset the composure of. 2 (context transitive English) To bring into confusion. 3 (context transitive English) To frustrate, make go wrong.

  1. v. cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her" [syn: confuse, flurry, put off]

  2. cause to lose one's composure [syn: upset, discompose, untune, discomfit]

Usage examples of "disconcert".

Slightly disconcerted by the sight, Althea determinedly forced her gaze up to his bright blue eyes that looked down on her inquiringly.

Maybe even more disconcerting, I thought, would be to take one of those citified californians and move her to the Old West.

Knowing nothing of this, I went forward with as much lightheartedness as could be managed, humming a song to myself, and carefully putting aside thoughts of warmth and supper, while the dusk increased and the great forest vegetation seemed to grow ranker and closer at every step Another disconcerting thing was that the ground sloped gradually downwards, not upwards as it should have done, till it seemed the path lay across the flats of a forest-covered plain, which did not conform to my wish of striking a road on the foot-hills of the mountain.

I glanced across at Oban and was disconcerted to find his pale, unblinking eyes on me.

Jerusha was struck by the sudden disconcerting realization that Sparks had belonged to both Arienrhod and Moon .

There was a large mirror on one wall which Zoe guessed again to be a concealed window and more disconcerting still was a broad, stout bench with leather straps fastened to each of its four corners.

On riding closer, Zeid was further disconcerted to see the tents of both tribes pitched around the Tel, with the outer signs of having been here for some length of time.

Trenmore sprang into action with the sudden wholeheartedness which was a disconcerting factor in his make-up.

So the colliers found their women had a new standard of their own, rather disconcerting.

He met the Boer commandos with chaff and jokes which were as disconcerting as his wire entanglements and his rifle-pits.

Aleytys felt awe-stricken and somewhat disconcerted to find her estimates of the great mass of the squale erring on the low side.

Then both fliers were sitting on landing saucers not far from an odd whimsical structure it was difficult to call a house and a series of gardens as disconcerting and prankish and lovely as the house.

Chadband unpleasantly warm, but to represent the innocent Mr. Snagsby in the light of a determined enemy to virtue, with a forehead of brass and a heart of adamant, that unfortunate tradesman becomes yet more disconcerted and is in a very advanced state of low spirits and false position when Mr.

The disconcerted young man bows, as he goes out, and cringingly hopes that Mr. Tulkinghorn of the Fields is well.

If the sanest, soundest man he knew found it impossible to accept the disconcerting proof of inhuman deviation, to accept the knowledge of skills previously limited to legend and oddly accurate fairy stories, then who would accept it?